- As seen above, it uses the VMware file formats we all know and love, with minor variations – such as hiding them all in a single folder/bundle to keep things tidy.
- Unity is slick. Someone at VMware took the time to write code for a window backing store, with the result that Exposé works pretty well indeed, with hidden window contents being displayed in a believable fashion when you hit F9 or F10. And windows minimize to the Dock with the genie effect.
- XP performance is mostly smooth, although it’s still hammering away at the hard disk thanks to Windows Update (which is a dog in every possible sense, real and virtual). I will be setting up the latest Office on this, so check back later.
- The little Spotlight-like application launcher is neat – I can’t wait until someone codes up a Quicksilver plug-in to replace it, though.
- There doesn’t seem to be an easy (i.e., 2-click) way to access the Windows Control Panel or anything resembling the system tray in Unity mode (which is a pain if, like me, you require multiple input methods).
Not that I have any real need for it – I want VMware because it’s the closest thing to a virtualization standard and want to manipulate VMs across machines, not necessarily because of the frills.
It’s a bit overkill to run an entire OS just for the sake of having seamless window support, but I’ve been getting pretty annoyed with Citrix’s hopelessly archaic Mac OS X client, and my Java and Dashboard hack isn’t compatible with the new VPN setup we have in the office now…
Anyway, anyone know how the $20 mail-in rebate works for non-US customers? I find the whole thing to be rather anachronistic, really…